Website Hosting Options
There are many alternative content management systems and businesses that can help you with your website. The following lists (ordered alphabetically) will give you some places to start.
Recommended for churches, Simple Church websites are an easy option for most churches. They maintain themselves and connect to a range of other services you already use such as Facebook events and photos, YouTube playlists & Vimeo albums, Mailchimp newsletters and more. They are designed specifically for Adventist churches in the South Pacific with custom "About Adventist" videos. They are also available in English, French and Simplified Chinese. You can see an example at http://example.adventistchurch.com
Easy to manage websites
There are several website hosting solutions that allow you to easily set up a website without any previous knowledge or hassle. These are suitable for churches who want to specifically highlight some of their ministry activities and uniqueness on individual pages.
Create a beautiful blog that fits your style. Choose from a selection of easy-to-use templates – all with flexible layouts and hundreds of background images – or design something new.
There are certain limitations to design and functionality, being so simple, and having no file storage abilities other than for images. Individual page urls are not as customisable and is technically designed to be used as a blog, but can be sucessfully used as a simple functioning website.
Tell your story with a beautiful website, online store or blog. With Weebly’s drag and drop website builder, integrated eCommerce platform and responsive themes, you can build a professional website without any technical experience.
Price: Free with ads. A$10 per month for the starter package.
Free websites, easy drag and drop, designer-made templates, beautiful galleries, mobile optimised, domains, huge image collection, secure hosting, SEO, 24/7 full support and more – all wrapped up in one free website builder.
Price: Free with ads. Unlimited package is US$12.42 per month.
Wordpress hosting for the Content Management System Wordpress which powers 25% of websites worldwide.
Price: Free with ads. Starter package without ads US$4.04 per month.
Businesses and individuals
The following individuals and businesses provide website hosting on alternative platforms.
Alex has worked with many churches and conferences to create custom Adventist branded websites you can manage within Wordpress.
Price: Contact for a quote
Facebook pages and groups
What is a Facebook Page?
A Facebook Page is similar to a Facebook account for a person except it’s for an entity, like a church or business. A Page is publicly viewable and people can "like" the Page, and in doing so end up seeing content posted on that page appear in their news feed. Only admins of a Page can post so all Page "likers" can see – so it’s not really a place for free group interaction.
A church should use a Facebook Page to promote itself to the community. If a church is using Simple Church as a web presence, all events and recent photos from their Facebook Page will appear automatically on their Simple Church webpage.
What is a Facebook group?
A Facebook group is for a collection of people to be able to equally communicate and share together. A group can have three different settings, public, closed or secret.
A group set to "public" is open to anyone viewing posts without joining, and joining can be done by anyone without need for approval. It’s the most public and open form of a group.
A group set to "closed" requires approval from an admin before someone can join and no content can be seen unless they are a member. This is better suited for a situation where you want to control who can (or can’t) see or interact in a group.
A "secret" group cannot be found in a search, nor are posts viewable. You need an invite to be able to join. Suitable for highly sensitive topics and very select members.
A Facebook group is more appropriate than a Facebook Page for groups within a church. A public group is appropriate if content posted is applicable to the public and you don’t mind anyone joining the conversation. A closed group is good if you want to control who takes part in viewing and posting content, like for a church’s Pathfinders, Adventurers or children Sabbath School parent groups who might want to post event photos, news or requests not visible to the public.
Considerations: Not everyone uses Facebook, and while it’s good for communications and sharing it is harder to organise a significant quantity of content as you might on a traditional website.
Price: Pages and groups are free with ads. Pages offer the ability to "boost" your post for a fee so more people, who do not yet like your Page, will see your post.